Monday, October 29, 2007

Grocery Store Artifact: Unfortunate Halloween toy

The Pez website lists this candy dispenser as the "Glow in the Dark Mummy" but to me it says "Blackface Minstrel Pez".

I may be seeing controversy or insensitivity where none exists or was intended, but the resemblance to the unlamented cartoon caricatures of people of African descent is uncanny.

4 comments:

  1. Blackface Minstrel Pez, bwahahahaha!!! It does look offensive when put in that context, like something that would show up in a Little Rascals short from the 1930s.

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  2. Two years ago at work, we recieved a box of "Novelty Chinese" masks, evenly split between Old Kung-fu Master and bald head with rubber glasses and slit eyes, straight out of "Tokio Jokio".

    I quietly set it aside in the back room, until the inevitable recall came down.

    (Years before, we had a set of Col. Klink and Sgt. Schultz bobbleheads recalled for "insensitivity", so I knew this was coming. I've just never figured out why our buyers never realize these might be bad ideas.)

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  3. Oh man, That's funny! I swear I thought the same thing when I saw this ( I collect Pez ).


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    Tommy

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